Chemistry newsletter for 1/18/20011

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XXXV - No. 2 January 18th, 2011

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2011 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

February 8th, 2011 March 22nd, 2011
April 12th, 2011 May 3rd, 2011

Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 1130

January 18th, 2011 February 1st, 2011 February 15th, 2011 March 2nd, 2011
March 15th, 2011 April 5th, 2011 April 19th, 2011 May 10th, 2011

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SEMINARS
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Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 - Willard Lectures, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor W. Carl Lineberger, University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jose Onuchic, University of California San Diego. "Sharing the Energy Landscape for Folding and Function:  From Small Proteins to Large Machines"
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Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Curtis Berlinguette, University of Calgary.
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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 - Physical McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carolyn Larabell, University of California, San Francisco.
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Friday, February 4th, 2011 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Department. Deborah Blum, UW Department of Journalism and Mass Communications; author: "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York"
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Tuesday, February 8tt, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven J. Sibener, University of Chicago.
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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor David  Cane, Brown University.
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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sharon C. Glotzer, University of Michigan.
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Tuesday, February 22nd. 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David A. Case, Rutgers University. "Biomolecular Simulations Using Implicit Solvent Models"
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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Regan Thomson, Northwestern University.
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Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor Robert Bergman.
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Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Juan de Pablo, UW-Madison, Chemical and Biological Engineering.
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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Nicolai Lehnert, University of Michigan.
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Thursday, March 3th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barbara Imperiali, MIT.
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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 - Physical McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Donald G. Truhlar, University of Minnesota
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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Brad Nilsson, University of Rochester.
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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gary Brudvig, Yale University.
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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Suzanne Blum, University of California, Irvine.
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Thursday, March 31st, 2010 -Materials Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sarah Trimpin, Wayne State University.
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Friday, April 1st, 2011 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Department. Dr. K.V. Reddy, Founder and President of Printel, Inc.
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Philip Cole, Johns-Hopkins University.
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Giulia A. Galli, University of California, Davis.
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Thursday, April 7th, 2011 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ryan Bailey, The University of Illinois, UC.
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Monday, April 11th, 2011 - Ferry Lectures, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Tirrell, California Institute of Technology.
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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ephraim Woods III, Colgate University.
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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Vince Rotello, University of Massachusetts -Amherst.
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Thursday, April 14th, 2011 - Organic Seminar - Abbott Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor Barry Sharpless, The Scripps Research Institute.
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Friday, April 15th, 2011 - Chemistry Department Shain Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Department. Barry Sharpless, The Scripps Research Institute.
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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Dr. John Tallarico, Novartis.
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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Daniel P. Raleigh, SUNY Stony Brook.
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Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Geoff Coates, Cornell University.
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Thursday, April 21st, 2010 -Materials Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kyoung-Shin Choi, Purdue University.
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Monday, April 25th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hirschmann Lectures - Professor Donald Hilvert, ETH Honggerberg.
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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Srikanth Sastry, Center for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India.
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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hirschmann Lectures - Professor Donald Hilvert, ETH Honggerberg.
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Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerald Meyer, Johns Hopkins University.
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Monday, May 2nd, 2011 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phil Powers, University of California, Davis.
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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Malika Jeffries-El, Iowa State University.
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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark S. Gordon, Iowa State University.
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Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Amy Palmer, University of Colorado, Boulder.
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Thursday, May 5th, 2011 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kim Prather, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
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Tuesday, May 9th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kian Tan, Boston University.
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Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alan Balch, University of California, Davis.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Tandem Facial Amphiphiles for Membrane Protein Stabilization.
Chae, PS; Gotfryd, K; Pacyna, J; Miercke, LJW; Rasmussen, SGF; Robbins, RA; Rana, RR; Loland, CJ; Kobilka, B; Stroud, R; Byrne, B; Gether, U; Gellman, SH*.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 132 (47): 16750-16752 DEC 1 2010.
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Release of DNA from polyelectrolyte multilayers fabricated using 'charge-shifting' cationic polymers: Tunable temporal control and sequential, multi-agent release.
Sun, B; Lynn, DM*.
JOURNAL OF CONTROLLED RELEASE 148 (1): 91-100 Sp. Iss. SI NOV 20 2010.
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Synthesis of Furfural from Xylose and Xylan.
Binder, JB; Blank, JJ; Cefali, AV; Raines, RT*.
CHEMSUSCHEM 3 (11): 1268-1272 2010.
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Cellular Uptake of Ribonuclease A Relies on Anionic Glycans.
Chao, TY; Lavis, LD; Raines, RT*.
BIOCHEMISTRY 49 (50): 10666-10673 DEC 21 2010.
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Activated-Ion Electron Transfer Dissociation Improves the Ability of Electron Transfer Dissociation to Identify Peptides in a Complex Mixture.
Ledvina, AR; Beauchene, NA; McAlister, GC; Syka, JEP; Schwartz, JC; Griep-Raming, J; Westphall, MS; Coon, JJ*.
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 82 (24): 10068-10074 DEC 15 2010.
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Alkylating Tryptic Peptides to Enhance Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry Analysis.
Kulevich, SE; Frey, BL; Kreitinger, G; Smith, LM*.
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 82 (24): 10135-10142 DEC 15 2010.
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Delivery of plasmid DNA to vascular tissue in vivo using catheter balloons coated with polyelectrolyte multilayers.
Saurer, EM; Yamanouchi, D; Liu, B; Lynn, DM*.
BIOMATERIALS 32 (2): 610-618 JAN 2011.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Northern Arizona University seeks outstanding applicants for a full-time non-tenure-track lecturer position in chemistry, effective August 2011. The successful applicant will provide quality instruction in general chemistry and in one other area of chemistry (analytical, organic, or physical chemistry). The successful applicant will also supervise teaching assistants in general and organic laboratory courses, including some evening labs. Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. in Chemistry, or a closely related field, by August, 1 2011. Preferred qualifications include: (1) one or more years of experience teaching college level lecture courses in general chemistry; (2) one or more years of experience in teaching college-level laboratory courses in any area of chemistry; (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness; and, (4) experience working and interacting with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds. Application packages should address the Job Description and Preferred Qualifications, and include (1) a cover letter, (2) a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, (3) a curriculum vitae, and (4) three letters of recommendation. Materials can be sent electronically to: Chem.Lecturer@nau.edu (preferred), or by US mail to: Chair, Lecturer Search Committee, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Box 5698, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5698. The committee will begin reviewing applications on January 9, 2011. The search will remain open until the position is filled or closed. NAU is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. A background check is required for employment. For more information, contact: Edgar R. Civitello, Search Committee Chair, (Edgar.Civitello@nau.edu) or Marin Robinson, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (928-523- 6295, Marin.Robinson@nau.edu), or visit the department website at: http://www.nau/chem. See http://www.nau.edu/hr for full position announcement.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time non-continuing faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appointment to this position will be for a term of one year beginning first semester 2011-42 and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor. The incumbent will teach the equivalent of 5 courses in the areas of biochemistry and introductory chemistry. The incumbent will also have the opportunity to direct undergraduate research projects. Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. degree (in hand or expected by first semester of academic year 2011-12). Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Oberlin College is the undergraduate origin of more Ph.D.s than any other liberal arts college. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has nine full-time faculty and about 25 majors in each graduating class. The department is well equipped for teaching and research. Instrumentation includes 400-MHz and 600-MHz multinuclear FT-NMR spectrometers, x-ray powder diffractometer, thermal analysis (TGA/DTA and DSC), FT-Raman/IR, FT-IR, atomic absorption, and UV-Vis-NIR spectrometers as well as chromatographic (GC, GC-MS, LC, LC-MS), electrochemical, and biochemical instrumentation (including refrigerated centrifuge, automated electrophoresis systems and a peptide synthesizer). Additional information about the department can be found on the departmental web site at: http://new.oberlin.edu/chemistry/. To be assured of consideration, a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, graduate and undergraduate academic transcripts, and at least three recent letters of reference,* should be sent to: Manish Mehta, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Oberlin College, 119 Woodland Avenue, Oberlin, Ohio, 44074 by February 11, 2011. Application materials received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. *By providing these letters you agree that we may contact your references.
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Tenure track assistant professor position in the Chemistry Department at the University of Louisville. We are seeking an individual with research interests in any area of chemistry that applies laser technology including biophysical chemistry, materials science and energy related studies. The successful candidate will have teaching responsibilities in the physical chemistry division and make use of state of the art laser facilities located in the Conn Center. The University of Louisville has experienced significant growth in research. Beyond the new laser facilities, we have excellent research resources that include instrumentation and staff for NMR, MAS spectroscopy, crystallography, super computing and clean room fabrication. In addition, the department maintains active collaborations with the college of Engineering and the Brown Cancer Center. Interested candidates should forward a CV, description of research, a statement of teaching philosophy, and arrange to have 3 letters of reference sent to: the Physical Chemistry Search, Department of Chemistry, University of Louisville, KY 40292. Applicants must also apply on line at: http://louisville.edu/hr/employment/applicants.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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The Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy group of Los Alamos National Laboratory seeks postdoctoral experimentalists to join our program in laser-cooling diatomic molecules. Successful candidates will join experimentalists and theorists in the goal of trapping laser-cooled molecules at high densities for subsequent experiments in ultracold collisional and chemical physics. This is an exciting opportunity to found techniques applicable to the broad range of topics only theorized at present in this budding field of ultracold-molecule science. A Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, or engineering with a concentration in atomic-molecular-optical (AMO) physics or chemical physics, including laser spectroscopy, will be an important consideration. Experience in trapping atoms/molecules or building atomic/molecular beam machines would be advantageous. Clarity in oral and written communication, the ability to work within a team, and experience in peer-reviewed scientific publishing are expected. Above all, a willingness to work hard and a penchant for original contributions will make for a rewarding experience in this challenging research area. Postdoc eligibility at Los Alamos includes receipt of a doctoral degree within the past five years. Those nearing completion of a Ph.D. are also welcome to apply. Appointments are for one year, with a second and third year contingent on performance. Outstanding candidates may be considered for postdoctoral fellowships, including the prestigious J. Robert Oppenheimer and Frederick Reines Fellowships. For general information about the postdoctoral program at Los Alamos National Laboratory, see: http://www.lanl.gov/science/postdocs/. Link to: http://www.lanl.gov/orgs/hr/worklife/visitors.shtml for a glimpse of the spectacular scenery and recreational opportunities in northern New Mexico. For more information about the position, please write or call Dr. Michael Di Rosa (mdd@lanl.gov, 505-667-0095).
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Postdoctoral Position: Florida State University, Mechanisms of Photochemical Reactions. Applicants are sought for a position in the area of photochemical and/or  spectroscopic studies concerning cis-trans photoisomerization and photocyclization reactions of olefins, with emphasis on photoreactions in the vitamin D field. Goals of the research range from developing a green synthesis of vitamin D derivatives to testing theoretical predictions of photochemical reactivity by improving the accuracy of the experimental scaffold for their evaluation. A Ph.D. in chemistry is required. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in physical organic chemistry. Expertise in photochemistry, transient absorption spectroscopy, and/or fluorimetry (steady state and transient) would be a plus. Research topics include: (1) Developing a solid state synthesis of vitamin D. (2) Determining the scope of the bicycle pedal mechanism for cis-trans photoisomerization. (3) Providing experimental tests of the Hula-twist cis-trans photoisomerization mechanism. (4) Testing proposals that geometries at certain conical intersections control efficiencies of cis-trans photoisomerizations in polyenes. The position is available immediately. Inquiries, CVs and letters of recommendation should be sent (preferably by e-mail) to: Professor Jack Saltiel, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4390, fax: 850 644 8281, phone: 850 644 5405, email: saltiel@chem.fsu.edu, https://www.chem.fsu.edu/~jsaltiel/.
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A post-doctoral position in the laboratory of Professor Andrew Miranker, Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University, is available starting April 4, 2011. Candidates should have an interest in working in the areas of biophysics, molecular medicine and chemical biology, hold a doctoral degree in a relevant field and have a strong background in multi-step organic synthesis. The Miranker laboratory is captivated by basic questions and engineering applications of protein folding and bottom-up self-assembly. The current project involves developing, designing, constructing and testing small molecule, protein mimetic compound libraries based, for example, on oligopyridyl and oligobenzyl amide scaffolds (see PubMed ID #s, 20029853 and 19778722 for relevant publications). The successful candidate will work with a small team of researchers that use structural methods (X-ray diffraction, NMR) and cell biological tools to elucidate mechanisms in human diseases associated with pathogenic protein self-assembly (e.g., Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Type II diabetes). Previous experience with protein purification, optical spectroscopy, computational modeling and/or eukaryotic cell culture are desirable, although not required. Suitable candidates should send their CV and cover letter, publication reprints and request 2- 3 letters of recommendation be sent, preferably by Email, to: Dr. A. Miranker, Andrew.Miranker@yale.edu, or to Dept. of MB&B, Yale University, P.O. Box 208114, New Haven, CT 06520-8114.
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